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Old 03-25-10, 03:02 PM
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Postal Service Moves Toward Five-Day Delivery

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WASHINGTON—The Postal Service took the first formal step Wednesday toward cutting mail delivery to five days a week.

The postal governing board agreed to ask the independent Postal Regulatory Commission for an opinion on dropping Saturday delivery. That request goes to the commission next week.

Under the proposal, mail delivery to homes and businesses and mail collection from blue mailboxes would be limited to Monday through Friday.

However, post offices that are now open on Saturdays would remain open, and Express Mail delivery service would still be available seven days a week.

Beyond getting the regulatory commission's opinion, the Postal Service needs Congress to approve the change.

The Postal Service says the delivery change would save more than $3 billion annually. It is a major part of a decade-long plan to eliminate losses and restore the agency to stability in the face of shrinking business.

As Americans turned more and more from paper to electronic communications, the number of items handled by the post office fell from 213 billion in 2006 to 177 billion last year. Volume is expected to shrink to 150 billion by 2020.

The post office lost $3.8 billion last year and is facing projected losses of as much as $7 billion this year. Other proposals for cutting losses include changes in the financing of retiree health care and closing some mail handling centers and post offices.

Postal Vice President Sam Pulcrano said the agency has set up a Web site where people can learn about the proposal: http://www.usps.com/communications/five-daydelivery/.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...p_mostpop_read
With the bolded part, I don't have a problem with this five-day plan. I've grown to like the USPS. Their prices are great. Years ago their 'delivery confirmation' wasn't too useful, but now they have real tracking, they actually update daily on its location.

Even if some simply want to phase out the service completely, this still can be seen as the first step.

edit: Doh, forgot the poll.

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Personally, I think they should change it to MWF only.
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[other] twikoff delivery
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Personally, I think they should change it to MWF only.
I have no problem with this. I probably check my mailbox 2/3 times a week anyway.
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This will fuck up my netflix rotation.
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This will fuck up my netflix rotation.
Funny, I just thought of the same thing. It's the only thing I care about in the mail, other than a paycheck.
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Funny, I just thought of the same thing. It's the only thing I care about in the mail, other than a paycheck.
I have my pay direct deposited, so netflix is the only thing I care about in the mail.
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UPS doesn't deliver here on Saturdays anyway. I doubt I would miss much.
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This will be hardship on mailpoop.com who guarantees a fresh product.
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What are they going to do about Holidays? I thought they couldn't miss 3 consecutive days in a row (in this case Fri-Sat-Sun or Sat-Sun-Mon) or is that just a myth?
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I've long suggested allowing advertising on postage stamps. Would anyone really be opposed to that? Does anyone really care what's printed on the stamp? A lot of revenue to be made there..
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Originally Posted by General Zod View Post
I've long suggested allowing advertising on postage stamps. Would anyone really be opposed to that? Does anyone really care what's printed on the stamp? A lot of revenue to be made there..
No, but would anybody actually pay to advertise knowing that no one really cares what's printed on the stamp?
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No, but would anybody actually pay to advertise knowing that no one really cares what's printed on the stamp?
I think so. I don't know who cares about the stupid sign that changes behind home plate after every inning in baseball but I'm sure advertisers pay a whole crapload of money to advertise on those things.
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No, but would anybody actually pay to advertise knowing that no one really cares what's printed on the stamp?
I think stamps are far more visible than the stacks of paper I get in a newspaper or junk mailer every day. Not to mention, people actually purchase stamps. They definitely see what's on them on the buying end, if not the receiving.
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I guess you didn't read that I was using Zod's own words to give a counter-argument.

None of us pays attention to advertising anyway so it doesn't matter what we think is worth an investor's money.
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I couldn't care less. I check my mailbox only 2-3 times per week anyhow.

Zod's idea is pretty good though.
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I have my pay direct deposited, so netflix is the only thing I care about in the mail.
Ditto.
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As someone who checks their mail twice a month, I could not care less.
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Originally Posted by General Zod View Post
I've long suggested allowing advertising on postage stamps. Would anyone really be opposed to that? Does anyone really care what's printed on the stamp? A lot of revenue to be made there..
Stamp collectors probably. I bet its one of those things that you and I could care less about but a very vocal minority would raise 9 kinds of Hell.......
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Stamp collectors probably. I bet its one of those things that you and I could care less about but a very vocal minority would raise 9 kinds of Hell.......
Yeah to them it would be like selling advertising on The Washington Monument....hey I have an idea!
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The only magazine I subscribe to tends to be delivered on Saturday, so that would be mildly annoying.
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Yea. I get a 'good' piece of mail maybe once a month. All bills are electronic/billpay. I run a business and I maybe get one usable piece per day (invoices, payments, occasional merchandise orders). Actually, the Postman doesn't even deliver to my shop on Saturdays. He said that I can turn on that option, if I prefer. But I really don't care.

That said, I ship approximately 5-10 boxes per day, via USPS Priority Mail. As it sits, Thursday shipments often get delivered to the recipient on Saturday. Now Thursday, Friday and Saturday orders will get there on Monday. Big whoop. They're still the cheapest/fastest service out there for 'under 2lb' packages.
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Yeah to them it would be like selling advertising on The Washington Monument....hey I have an idea!
I don't think there are many stamp collectors anymore. Not with a good lobby in Washington anyway.

But you're not too far away from my other idea.. Commercials at a red light. Instead of looking at a red light for 60 seconds there can be a commercial playing surrounded by a glowing red border. When the commercial ends the entire screen turns green. This idea is targeted more for a local economy than a national one.
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As someone who checks their mail twice a month, I could not care less.
that's funny
I check your mail twice a day
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Originally Posted by General Zod View Post
I don't think there are many stamp collectors anymore. Not with a good lobby in Washington anyway.

But you're not too far away from my other idea.. Commercials at a red light. Instead of looking at a red light for 60 seconds there can be a commercial playing surrounded by a glowing red border. When the commercial ends the entire screen turns green. This idea is targeted more for a local economy than a national one.
Just what we need, something else to distract drivers.
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